Monthly Archives: December 2012

“Um…How Long Will That Temple Take?”

  John loves to use misunderstanding in his gospel to demonstrate the gap between what people thought Jesus was talking about and what he was actually talking about.  This is never more true than in his confrontation with the Jewish … Continue reading

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Zeal, Righteous Anger, Moral Suasion

 As I pondered Christ at the temple in John 2.13ff, I was reminded of this famous image from the protests in Tiannemen Square in Beijing in 1989. It is a powerful and famous photo because one man is using nothing … Continue reading

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Selling and Sitting, but not Worshipping

I’m into the next section of John 2 in which Christ rolls into the temple and sets things straight [And by “sets things straight” I mean….well, I can’t write it because I’ll get myself in trouble, but if you’re a … Continue reading

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Esther Two: They Call it Providence

Esther 2.19-23 is a fascinating little passage and, while it does include Mordecai, seems to have absolutely zero to do with the narrative of the young Jewish girl who becomes queen, and that is the author’s brilliance. If the author … Continue reading

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“This First Sign”

“This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.” (John 2:11 ESV) John, who no doubt would have made a fine Marine [Keep it simple and direct, … Continue reading

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A Very Odd Miracle

The actual miracle that Christ performs in John 2.1-11, is odd because he doesn’t really “perform” anything, and that is significant.  Let’s walk quickly through the Jesus producing wine with water: Jesus tells the servants to fill 6 stone water … Continue reading

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A Very Odd Conversation

What are we to make of the conversation between Jesus and his mother as recorded by John? “When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what … Continue reading

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A Profusion of Wine

So I’m off to the next pericope [Doh!  Sorry about that, out come the technical terms to make me appear smarter than your average Marine.  A pericope in regards to the Gospels is a set of verses that form one … Continue reading

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The Stairway to Heaven

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold And she’s buying a stairway to heaven When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed With a word she can get what she came for Ooh, … Continue reading

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Baffling the Textbooks, Laughing at the Rules

As I’ve gone through the cameo of witnesses in John 1.29-51, thanks to G. Campbell Morgan’s excellent insights, I’ve been struck by the variety of men that come to faith in Christ.  Morgan points out that Andrew, John?, Simon Peter, … Continue reading

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